by Megan Hirst - £7.50 CoramBAAF (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781903699676 | ISBN 10: 1903699673
This is the story of a group of nine adoptive parents who came together for mutual support to look at the effects on themselves of living with traumatised children. They based their task on a form of research known as co-operative inquiry. The group describes their journey from setting up the inquiry through the process of exploring the effects of their children's trauma on themselves and their families, to their development into a cohesive support group and the sense of empowerment this has brought to their lives.
The book includes:
* a brief survey of attachment and trauma in relation to adoption
* highly personal accounts of what it is like living with a traumatised child
* a description of the inquiry process and step-by-step guidance on how others can set up their own "co-operative inquiry" group
* insights into the impact the inquiry has had on participants and their families two years on
Written with courage, honesty and humour, this book should inspire and encourage any adoptive parents who are struggling to take control of their situation. It should also closely inform new developments in adoption support. And as the first piece of research carried out with rather than on adopters, it provides a model for research in this field that brings real hope of reaching some difficult and empowering truths about adoption.
(Price & availability last checked: February 2017)
In booklists: Children and Trauma, Adoption and Fostering: Guides for Parents and Families, Adoption and Fostering: Guides for Professionals, Adoption and Fostering: Memoirs and Family Stories, In categories: Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing,